After two years of seeing limited action on Clemson's defensive line, Albert Huggins has seen an increased workload in 2017.
The junior out of Orangeburg-Wilkinson was inserted in the lineup for a pair of games when Dexter Lawrence went down with a foot injury.
For Huggins to be penciled in shows the confidence the coaches have in Huggins who came to Clemson as a highly-touted Parade All-American out of Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School
His high school coach, Tommy Brown, says he can see Albert's progress now that he's been in the Tiger program for three years. Of course not many people realize Albert had a late start to his football career.
"He didn't start (playing) until his eighth grade year," said Brown.
"He's still behind so the potential is still there. The growth is still there. So, hey - that's a big future."
Brown has seen Huggins follow in the footsteps of former O-W players Woody Dantzler and Jackie Robinson, both of whom went to Clemson.
"If he's playing for anybody else, he's probably starting," Brown said.
"So, this is an opportunity, since Dex has been out, he's showing what he's capable of doing. I think this year and next year, he's going to get more playing time and show what he possibly can do."
Lawrence returned to the lineup against USC. But with Christian Wilkins a lock to be a first round draft choice in the upcoming NFL Draft, 2018 could be the year when Huggins becomes a full-time starter if he continues to make strides.